Neesham arrives to help Eagles soar

Essex has confirmed the eyecatching signing of New Zealand all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham ahead of their 2021 Vitality Blast campaign.

Neesham will link up with the Eagles after fulfilling his Indian Premier League commitments with the Mumbai Indians. The 30-year-old has regularly featured in New Zealand’s ODI and T20 and has gleaned a wealth of experience with the likes of Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders.

Neesham has featured in England before, representing both Derbyshire Falcons and Kent Spitfires. Essex Head Coach, Anthony McGrath enthused: “We sat down at the end of last season and concluded that we needed to add another all-rounder to the T20 squad, and with all of his talent and experience, Jimmy fits the bill perfectly.

“He’s excelled with both the bat and the ball on the biggest of stages for his country, as well as in the global franchise competitions and it’s a great match for both the player and the Club.”

Neesham is equally pleased to be heading to The Cloudfm County Ground and added: “I am really looking forward to joining up with Essex Eagles for this year’s Vitality Blast.

“I’m excited about linking up with Ryan ten Doeschate again, having played with him for a few seasons when he was with Otago, and hopefully we can replicate the success of 2019.”

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Brian Jeeves

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